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An unsold pilot for a proposed series titled "The Jane Powell Show". This would have been a sitcom about a singer who marries a a math professor (played by Russell Johnson) and has to adapt to small-town life.
This movie is part of the collection: Classic TV uploaded by "Emperor"
Production Company: Four Star Television
Audio/Visual: sound, black and white
Keywords: Classic TV; Television; 1960s; 60s; Sixties; Jane Powell; Unsold TV Pilot;
Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0
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Subject: The Jane Powell Show - Pilot
A popular singer meets a bookworm professor they have a whirlwind romance and true to the mores of the day, when they marry she leaves her profession behind to live with him in a small college town. The husband's colleagues are predictable snobby male intellectuals who look down their noses at "entertainers". Of course, this causes problems for the two newly weds and this is made worse when the new wife kills the husband's beloved "queen bee" when it flies into her kitchen.
Yes... in this fantasy world queen bees fly...
I was a little surprised that the couple actually are shown to be attracted to one another. Most of the time this was ignored in sit-coms of that time.
Bad writing is to blame for this failure, the actors are okay.
Subject: Pilot Episode
Overall, I thought it was good. Just a little more intelligent than the typical sitcoms of the day. Jane Powell and Russell Johnson played off of each other pretty well considering it was just the pilot and the first time they'd worked together so closely. I think they would have been pretty good together had it went to series. The costars were cast fairly well, too. I guess our loss was The Beverly Hillbillies' gain in that it freed up Harriet MacGibbon.
Subject: ignorant selfish woman..
the root of evil.. cares more about her trivial bullshit than nature,. i had to turn this un-funny ignorant crap off.. and that singing,. ,. my head almost came unscrewed,.
Subject: You never know..
I look at it this way..The marriage to "Jane Powell" doesn't work out, he changes his name to Roy Hinkley and decides to get away from it all for awhile..hence "The three-hour tour"
Subject: Is this an inspiration for Gilligan's Island?
At the least it must have gotten this staid math professor portrayer hired as that staid science professor. There is also the beautiful actress character, the older couple, and the rest of the cast who might be likened to someone on Gilligan's Island if you wanted to stretch the comparison some more.
Three stars because of Powell's singing.